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Cblogs of 01/03/13 + First 2013 Shadeisms!


Happy 2013 everyone! I hope everyone still has all of their fingers? Or did you blow one off on purpose just so you could pull off a convincing AltaÔr? I know how you people think.

Either way, Iíve still been studying my ass off, because Iíve got an important exam like RIGHT NOW, so the Shadeisms are going to be on the short side today. Next week will be my last exam, fortunately; I could really use the rest right about now. Hopefully that exam will also earn me my Bachelorís degree in Law! Iím excited, and just a little bit nervous, because if I pass these last exams with a 7/10 or higher, chances are very good that I will even graduate cum laude. Iíve worked very hard for that, so I hope I can bring home the gold and/or bacon!
I am getting incredibly nervous though...
Either way, thatís stuff to worry about later. If all goes well, Iíve also been thinking about doing a special blog (series?) for you guys, but for now Iím not going to say any more about that. Sorry about leaving you with that little tease. Letís just say I hope you donít find it...ĒobjectionableĒ.

This week Iíve participated in one of those newyear dives. You know the ones, where people jump in damn near freezing water to show that theyíre tough, only to have their penis shrivel up from the cold, losing them any sort of confidence in their manhood they once had? Yeah, those. I have yet to confirm if vaginas also shrivel up during these, so for now Iím forced to assume that they do. Donít tell me the answer though, personal investigation will be much more fun while at the same time potentially netting me a restraining order. (Donít all the good things in life?)

Anyway, Iíve done this dive for the past six years now or so, and the one I participate in gets sponsors for the event, the proceeds of which go to charity. Some of my friends are staff members of this particular charity, so they basically drag me to the dive every year. I donít mind it, though. Iíve actually been brainwashed enough to think that itís fun, although there is always that one moment when youíre waiting for the start signal and you think ďOkay, what the hell am I doing here?!Ē In all honesty though, itís always a very short trip, and this year the water wasnít even all that cold to begin with. Besides, itís also a great way to get back together with people I donít see all year (or havenít seen in years, plural). Even the friends who drag me along can only meet up with me once every several months, so itís definitely nice to see them, too. I wish I could see them more often (one in particular, but thatís a whole other story entirely), so this is one event I wouldnít miss for the world.

I would show you guys some pictures of me taking the dive. However, participating in this dive for the past six years has led me to conclude that I am in fact a mutant, and my mutant power is the uncanny ability to dodge any and all cameras on January 1st (so Iím slightly better than Jubilee, is what Iím saying). For some reason, Iím never in any of the pictures, despite the fact that they take at least a hundred every year. My friends donít have this problem at all, theyíre always in several, and Iím always close to them too, but nope, Iím always out of shot. Mutant, Iím telling you. This year was no different; there are only a maximum of two pictures with me in it, one of which has me half covered and the other was taken from far away and you can barely see me among the crowd.

HOWEVER. Last year, during one vital instant, it seems that my mutant powers failed me, and someone managed to snap a picture of me. Avert your eyes; Ridiculously Photogenic Guy I am not. I am much sexier, obviously.

Look at how much fun Iím having!

* - Well will you look at this rebel, with his alternative opinions and his liking a game few others do. Surely, he must be purged. TriplZer0 has obviously tricked himself into believing that he likes Dragon Age II, and something must be done. For his sake.

A - A top 10? What about a top 10 and 7 indie games? What about a top 10, 7 indie games Šnd 9 disappointments (What the hell is Awesomenauts doing on there, though)? Zer0t0nin's got all of this and more.

A - Everybody's favorite robotic JRPG character recognizes that he may not have actually played that many games this year, but still manages to put the spotlight on a few good ones.

A - Barring used games isn't the answer, video game industry. Focus on making your games good and for the love of god try to be satisfied with a game that doesn't reach CoD-like numbers.

A - Bibbly shares some predictions for the future of video games during the "Renaissance" of sorts. As long as Nintendo's willing to stay "crazy and quirky and fun", it's alright with me.

C - A cry for help: If you wanted to have a job in the video game industry, what courses would you need to follow?

F - Okay, you didn't hear this from me, but I think the FNF crew was saying bad stuff about your mom behind your back.

R - GlowBear reviews Hitman: Absolution, this time sans boobs. Judging from that header though, I was expecting more ass.

P - Isshak Ferdjani (seriously dude, go by de5gravity) went to the Comiket 83 fair in Tokyo (through the magic of the internet) and shows us his favorite, and totally Japanese, games of the show. Astebreed looks friggin' sweet!

T - Travis Touchdown (no, not that one) didn't like Super Mario Galaxy 2 very much because it didn't innovate. Personally, I though that it had enough new gameplay IDEAS to make up for the fact that it didn't really have new gameplay MECHANICS.

C - In what he calls the Import Spotlight, Stealth is revealed to like Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki (<- I had to copy and paste this)

V - I have no clue what to do with this, but I kind of liked his The War Z video, so I'm giving this the benefit of the doubt.

- Are you keeping the fails out of my day on purpose? Oh you guys <3

- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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This month's bloggers wanted prompt is something we stole. You see, by stealing this idea, you have no idea how truly inept I actually am. By pretending to know what I'm doing, I have clearly used my ill-gotten status to meet such big-time celebrities as Darlington Woolie "Pie Stealer" Madden or Sara from [insert pixel indie game studio here].

This month's bloggers wanted was inspired by the internal enjoyment we had at reading TheBlondeBass' promoted blog on faking conversational anime knowledge. And now it seems as good a time as ever to pretend to know what's going on since the new Fate/Grand Order game launched and qtoid is talking about it. I am a big fan of the character design of Artoria in the blue dress, or Artoria in the suit, or Artoria in the red dress. But seriously, we enjoyed the format so much that we want to ask the community for their own ideas at faking it at all sorts of things.

But this prompt is not just for anime, of course. The video game industry is fractured with all sorts of niche interests that only an insane rich person with no job could realistically know everything about. This month's bloggers wanted is about taking a subject you want to offer advice on faking knowledge about in order to help the greater community, for better or for worse. If this doesn't sound serious, don't worry, you're not supposed to take it seriously. You don't have to be an expert in whatever you talk about any more than Bass is an expert in anime.

I seriously don't know if that was a compliment or an insult.

Offer advice on anything you can expand your mind on. Want to help people get into character action games? The more Ss you put into its grading system, the cooler it is! Want to convince people to get into the Neptunia series? Just say "Nep-Nep!" and you're all set to convince people of your technical knowledge! Can you get someone into RTS game by just talking about your APM? Someone's bound to believe some random technical jargon you made up!

To get started, start a blog and title it "Faking it: [your blog title here]." Then you can be as serious or facetious as you want as you provide advice on any number of things: learning how to play fighting games, trying a long-running franchise you've probably neglected, or even explaining a game's timeline. Heck, you can probably seriously try on that last one and we still wouldn't believe you.

Good luck this month. Only true cowards rely on facts. Real heroes pretend to know what they're doing!

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PREPARE TO CONTEST - The Master Gaming List Birthday Giveaway!

Good Morning/Evening/Yesterday, my Friends/Robots/INSERT WAIFU HERE,

More or less a week ago, the Master Gaming List turned one year old. I had a speech prepared, but the blog editor ate it four or five times over the last few days, so I'm kind of winging it now.

Despite all of the threatening and cajoling I initially made to get you all on the list, I never imagined I'd still be adding names a year later (and by "you all", I mostly mean GajKnight). It was kind of a ridiculous undertaking at first, trying to make a semi-permanent, easily-updatable list of everyone's contact info. I'm not even sure what everyone was being hyped over last year that got me to do this.

That said, I'm glad it came together, and this list has lead to many other things for me on Destructoid; whether it was me becoming our laziest, cuddliest Community Manager, or our laziest, cuddliest Reviews-type-person, I have always enjoyed the full love and support of this community.

In thanks, and with the assistance of quite a few others, I've gathered up a number of game keys to give away to you all.

The Contest

I've never run a contest before, so let's keep things simple. Write me a haiku about your favorite game.


1. The haiku must not include the title of the game.

2. I will accept any other form of structured poetry if you are unable to haiku but can iambic pantameter (you monster).

3. Please state what key you are going for, and a backup if that one is taken (admittedly, it's quantity over variety here)

4. The tentative end date of the contest will be August 13th, and will be bumped at least once during that time.

Available Keys

-Aporia: Beyond The Valley (Multiple Keys)
-The Witness
-Citadel: Forged With Fire (Multiple Keys)

Thank you to all 282 of you who have made the Master List a successful project over the past year! I will continue updating it into the forseeable future.

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